While you may not miss the stress of cramming before a major exam, it wouldn't be a total shock if you said you long for those quiet, tranquil hours spent inside the historic, knowledge-filled walls of your campus library. Or, perhaps you're a frequent visitor at public library in your neck of the woods; merely stepping inside the quiet, almost-sacred space and picking up the scent of all the books you could possibly want is enough to make you smile. Now imagine being able to recreate that atmosphere and aroma every single day, no matter where you are. That's exactly what Maison Margiela Fragrances' REPLICA Whispers in the Library promises to do. Book lovers, grab yourself a bottle STAT.
Of all the senses, scent may be the most nostalgic. Nothing makes memories come flooding back quite like catching a few notes of a fragrance that reminds you of a particular time or place. In fact, that's exactly Maison Margiela Fragrances' mission with its REPLICA collection. And its latest launch, which hit stores August 2019, seeks to reproduce that familiar feeling of perusing the perfectly curated, impeccably maintained stacks of an old library and leafing through the pages of a vintaged book.
Maison Margiela Fragrances' REPLICA Whispers in the Library, $126 for a 3.4 ounce bottle and now available at Sephora, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, and Margiela boutiques, manages to conjure up the ultra-specific atmosphere of a historic, majestic library with straightforward, but expertly selected notes at the top, middle, and base that mingle effortlessly. Take the cozy warmth of your favorite reading corner with you anywhere with just a few spritzes.
Soon after applying, the top notes of pepper essence and orange blossom open up for a softened spicy start reminiscent of antique woodwork and time-worn stacks. At the heart of the fragrance, the scent of old book pages inspired notes of cypriol and patchouli. And at the base, woody cedar and vetiver combine with vanilla absolute and tonka bean absolute for a warm, comforting finish — kind of like the feeling of finishing a deliciously good novel and sitting back to let the story sink in.
Is your inner bookworm begging for the soothing atmosphere of a softly lit library? Scroll below to scoop up Maison Margiela Fragrance's newest REPLICA scent, and revel in the historically-inspired aroma.